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emanuel. he just wrapped up his inaugural address. and ments a, president obama surprised the graduating class of booker t. washington before the ceremony. check out these pictures. he stopped in to tell the students how inspired he was by the way they turned their school around and telling them this is a day to celebrate all their success. imagine that. good day, everybody. i'm norah o'donnell in for andrea mitchell today. we begin with big breaking news. donald trump drops a political bombshell, not the one most people had been expecting, just a few minutes ago with nbc up front, trump said he will not seek the republican presidential nomination in 2012. i'll read you part of the statement he put out. after considerable deliberation and reflection, i have decided not to pursue the office of the presidency. this decision does not come easily or without regret. i maintain the strong conviction that if i were to run, i would be able to win the primary and ultimately the general election.
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so i make you this promise, that i will continue to voice my opinions loudly and help to shape our politicians' thoughts. mark halperin is a senior political analyst. donald trump says no to a presidential run. he reminds us he could have won it. >> people are going to speculate about whether he was ever serious about it. he did gain some traction in the race. his poll numbers had come down in the last few days. this is such a wide open race, norah, as you know. cove be he could have been a real force in this contest. like some of the other statements we have seen from haley barbour, for instance, he was pretty honest in the statement, which is not always the case in these kinds of statements saying his greater passion is for business. i think that's clearly the case. >> how much of this do you think was driven by a decision weighed about whether he wanted his own financial records to be
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scrutinized and how he runs his business? >> well, i take mr. trump at his word about what he said about that, which is he was willing to put it all out there. it is clear that he's doing better financially or so it seems than he has at other points in his career. he claimed to many people that he had more wealth than most of the recent published reports had. i don't think he was desperate for the scrutiny, but this guy is -- has been teflon in terms of dealing with the press. his numbers may have come down because he was getting such harsh treatment, including from president obama at the white house correspondents dinner, but i think in general, he is -- was and is impervious to the kind of brickbats that most presidential candidates get and wilt a little bit. >> why do you say that, given that his criticism and his igniting a firestorm around the birther controversy, it existed, of course in some circles, but then made more public by donald trump raising questions about
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whether the president of the united states, barack obama, was actually born in the united states. he was batted away pretty hard by the president when he came forward and released his own long form of the birth certificate and said, look, we have a lot more important things to talk about. didn't donald trump look like a joke after that? >> well, in the eyes of a lot of people, as trump correctly pointed out, he was talking about it, he was running on much bigger things than that one side issue. he did raise it. then it was kept alive largely by people in the press as trump pointed out. he talked about china, opec, saudi arabia, and jobs in a way that people were attracted to. and the birth certificate matter was something that i think a lot of republicans found attractive in the sense that they want a nominee who thinks barack obama is an illegitimate president and will run hard at him. you can say for some people that made him a joke. for others it made him an aggressive person, an aggressive republican going hard after the incumbent. >> let's talk about how this now
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affects the rest of the republican field. just went back to our political unit and asked for our latest polling because in our march poll, donald trump was second only to mitt romney, pulling in 17% of the vote and tied with mike huckabee. now neither trump nor huckabee is running. so what does that mean for the other candidates that are in the field? >> to the extent that trump's support was from blue collar republicans, from lower income republicans, i think tim pawlenty has a good chance to appeal to those people. i think in new hampshire where trump was going to be a stronger candidate than some of the other early states, i think you're going to see a lot up for grabs. mitt romney wants to run as the business person, the person with private sector experience to the extent he was going to split some of that with trump, he benefits. this is so wide open, so unpredictable. the question of who trump was was hard to pin down that i don't think you can say anyone say big winner from this. >> interesting, he also, though,
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donald trump, led among tea party supporters in our march poll. so where does that support now go given that huckabee is out? that seems to really open up a lot of avenues for other candidates, whether it is romney, pawlenty, bachmann, herman cane. >> we lost mike huckabee and we donald trump. the person it opens it up for really is sarah palin. if she decided to enter the race now there are two large constituencies. that anti-obama eye of the tiger which trump had, palin also has. i think there is room forrer. oth otherwise, the candidates that are in, there is no one clearly strong as the tea party candidate. it is very hard for tim pawlenty or minimum rtt romney or jim hu
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to say they dominate that category of voters. it leaves more of a vacuum to say who is going to appeal to that energized base. >> it is a great point. mark halperin, pleasure to have you. thanks so much. breaking this hour, a manhattan criminal court judge denied bail for the chief of the international monetary fund. he's accused of sexually assaulting a maid in his high priced new york city hotel suite on saturday. his defense attorneys claim he has an alibi, that he was at a lunch meeting during the time of the alleged assault. prosecutors had feared he might flee to his home in france. and they had requested that he stay in custody. well, jonathan dienst joins us now. why did the judge deny bail? >> the concern is he's a flight risk. the judge said this is my discretion and she ordered him held without bail.
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he's now sitting in a jail cell in lower manhattan in protective custody as the corrections department decides whether to leave him in the holding facility in lower manhattan, or whether he's going to be sent out to rikers island, the main prison, the main jail here in new york city. prosecutors said he's a flight risk, there is more evidence to come in this case, they're armed with the story of this maid who was quite credible, they said. and told her story and it is a detailed and graphic story about how she was forcibly dragged down a hallway, her pants were pulled down, and various other lewd and crude acts were allegedly committed on her and attempted rape one of the charges listed of the many counts charged in this case. the defense said, now, look, you know, the risk of flight, that he would run to an airport, trying to get on an air france flight. the defense says, look, he had that flight arranged. that he left the hotel in a hurry because he was late to a
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lunch meeting. and that it was only from there that he went to the airport and that he called back looking for his cell phone and advised the hotel he was at the airport, which was how he was going to be found. so the defense trying to claim he's not a flight risk, and that he should have been given a bail package. they asked for a million dollars bail. the judge said no, i'm not convinced and she ordered him held. an extraordinary hearing. >> extraordinary indeed. this is one of the world's most powerful men in finance. this has rattled world markets, raising real questions about bailing out countries like greece because the imf is critical in those regards. this particular case, dominique strauss-kahn, he had a nickname called the great seducer. now his defense attorney is speaking. let's listen. >> -- presumed innocent and i would ask all of you -- and i would ask all of you to please allow him the presumption of innocence so we can hopefully still get a fair trial when that happens. we intend to review this
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decision to see if it should be appealed and we will be in touch in the near future. thank you, all, very much. >> jonathan, dominique strauss-kahn has hired one of the best defense attorneys in the country. i understand, though, however, we're awaiting forensics results. any word from your sources about when those may become public or when they may finish them up? >> those take some time. we understand there may have been some fluid taken from that hotel room, plus, did an examination of his body and they're going to look under the fingernails and other evidence to see and sometimes these tests do take some time, so i would not expect anything in the next hours, this could be days before we get formal results. the defense said the forensic will show there was no forcible encounter, no flat out denial, but will show there was no forcible encounter, their words,
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during that court hearing today. this maid in question, lives in the bronx, we're told she's married, has one daughter and is very shaken up. we spoke with some members of the staff there today and they said they don't want to talk about it, she's a sweet, very nice lady, and to please respect her privacy. but the investigation continuing. the prosecutor saying as a result of those forensic tests you asked about, they expect that there could be more forensic evidence and more forensic results coming in the days ahead. they'll make the case much stronger. again, this maid picked him out of a lineup overnight at the sex crimes headquarters here in manhattan. so they find her very credible, that, you know, she called police right away, alerted fellow hotel staff members, and that there appears to be some evidence from both her and from that room that caused police to believe her story and to move
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quickly and pull that gentleman off that air france flight and bring him to court where we just saw an extraordinary hearing just a short time ago. >> an amazing set of developments. jonathan dienst, good to see you. developing this hour, rahm emanuel is now the new mayor of chicago. the former congressman and white house chief of staff was sworn in to replace richard daly, who resigned after more than two decades in office. jim moran is an nbc contributor and chicago columnist for "the new york times" and joins us now. good to see you. this is a big change for chicago, which is our country's third biggest city. rahm emanuel now the mayor. and it comes at a time when chicago is facing real challenges, right? >> couldn't help but thinking the last two minutes that if donald trump claim his passion is business and mr. strauss-kahn's passion is allegedly passion, we're lucky to have someone whose passion is clearly government.
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he's got a big road to hoe as he made clear in the speech, which ended 20 minutes ago and as he did during a brilliantly executed campaign. the priorities will be huge deficit, mediocre schools at the very, very top and, like a lot of big cities, crime rate that is way too high. >> i want to tick through some of the challenges facing chicago that mayor emanuel now inherits. a projected 2012 deficit of somewhere between $587 million to $700 million. the school system that there is something like a 40% dropout rate and a $700 million deficit in the schools. how does he tackle those challenges? >> well, the schools, which are separate taxing body may be the number one priority. he gave that the most play in the speech that just ended, about a $720 million deficit. more important, judging -- it
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depends what figures you look at, but you may be right that the dropout rate of kids that get to freshman year and never finish may be somewhere in the 40s. there is no shortage of kids in the ninth grade and school system here who have fourth and fifth grade reading levels, even though richard daly, the departing mayor, built some of the most amazing elite high schools which now outperform those in the suburbs. the first thing rahm emanuel is going to do and it has been given to him on a silver platter, the state legislature last week, he's going to extend the shortest school day and school year in the united states by at least an hour. i have a kid in first grade, it is a scandal how short this day is here. >> no doubt. rahm emanuel is a powerful figure. was here in washington as the president's chief of staff and will no doubt want to make a big impact on the city of chicago for years to come. we'll be watching jim moran. good to see you. >> thanks, norah. up next, residents rush to higher ground as the floodwaters
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move across louisiana. plus, the president is expected to speak shortly in memphis at a commencement ceremony at this amazing school. we'll bring it to you live when it happens. ♪ the new blackberry playbook. it runs all this at the same time.
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and this news just in to us. we have learned that the army corps of engineers is about to open two more bays of the morganza spillway in southern louisiana. there are some 25,000 people who can only watch and wait as their homes are sacrificed to protect new orleans and baton rouge from these catastrophic floods. and with the spillway partially open, the mississippi river is expected to inundate communities in the atchafalaya river basin. most people are evacuating but not all. >> we're here to tough it out.
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he's not going to leave, regardless of anything. that's the whole point of having the barge. the water comes up, we're going up with it. even though we may have to sit here an watch our home go under, but we'll be here until it is all over. >> president was meeting flood victims in memphis, tennessee and now speaking to a high school there in a commencement address. >> -- and share this day with the graduates. i could not be more pleased to be here. we have some wonderful guests here as well. i want to make mention of them very quickly. first of all, the governor of tennessee, bill haslem is here. please give him a big round of applause. [ applause ] three outstanding members of the tennessee congressional delegation, all of whom care deeply about education, senator bob corker, senator lamar alexander, and congressman steve
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cone is here. [ applause ] you've got one of memphis' own former congressmen, harold ford jr. is in the house. [ applause ] and mayor of memphis, a.c. ward en is here. [ applause ] . please give him a big round of applause. i am so proud of each and every one of you. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. you made it, and not just through high school. you made it past principal kinder. [ applause ] i've spent a little bit of time
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with her now, and you can tell she is not messing around. i've only been in memphis a couple of hours, but i'm pretty sure if she told me to do something, i'd do it. then i had the chance to meet her mom and her daughter, amber, a little while back and we took a picture, turns out amber actually goes to another high school. she was worried that the boys would be afraid to talk to her if her mom was lurking in the hallways. which is why my next job will be principal at sasha and malia's high school. and then i'll be president of their college. let me also say to alexis and
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vashti, i heard you were a little nervous about speaking today. but now i'm a little nervous speaking after you because you both did terrific jobs. [ applause ] we have had some great performances by sholanda and the jazz band. give them a big round of applause. [ applause ] last but novt least, i want to recognize all the people that helped you reach this milestone, the parents, the grandparents, the aunts, the uncles, the sisters, the brothers, the friends, the neighbors who have loved you and stood behind you every step of the way. congratulations, family. [ applause ] and i want to acknowledge the devoted teacher and administrators at booker t. washington, who believed in you, who kept the heat on you.
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and have never treated teaching as a job, but rather as a calling. every commencement is a day of celebration. i was just telling somebody backstage, i just love commencements. i get all choked up at commencements. so i can tell you already right now i will cry at my children's commencement. i cry at other people's commencements. but this one is especially hopeful. [ applause ] this one is especially hopeful because some people say that schools like btw just aren't supposed to succeed in america. you'll hear them say the streets are too rough in those neighborhoods. the schools are too broken. the kids don't stand a chance.
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we are here today because every single one of you stood tall and said, yes, we can. yes, we can learn, yes we can succeed. you decided you would not be defined by where you come from, but by where you want to go. by what you want to achieve. by the dreams you hope to fulfill. you know, just a couple of years ago, this was a school where only about half the students made it to graduation. for a long time just a handful headed to college each year. but at booker t. washington, you changed all that. you created special academies for ninth graders to start students off on the right track. you made it possible for kids to
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take ap classes and earn college credits. you even had a team take part in robotics competition, so students can learn with their hands by building and creating. and you didn't just create a new curriculum, you created a new culture, a culture that prizes hard work and discipline. a culture that shows every student here that they matter, and that their teachers believe in them. as principal kinder says, the kids have to know that you care before they care what you know. [ applause ] and because you created this culture of caring and learning, today we're standing with a very different booker t. washington
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high school. today this is a place where more than 4 out of 5 students are earning a diploma, a place where 70% of the graduates will continue their education, where many will be the very first in their families to go to college. [ applause ] today booker t. washington is a place that has proven why we can't accept excuses, any excuses, when it comes to education. in the united states of america, we should never accept anything less than the best that our children have to offer. as your teacher steve mckinney, where is steve at? there he is. [ applause ] aka, big mac.
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and i see why they call you big mac. as mr. mckinney said in the local paper, we need everyone to broaden their ideas about what is possible. we need parents, politicians, and the media to see how success is possible, how success is happening every day. so that's why i came here today, because if success can happen here, at booker t. washington, it can happen anywhere in memphis. [ applause ] and if can happen in memphis, it can happen anywhere in tennessee. and if it can happen anywhere in tennessee, it can happen all across america. [ applause ] so ever since i became president, my administration has been working hard to make sure that we build on the progress
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that is taking place in schools like this. we have got to encourage the kind of change that is led not by politicians, not by washington, d.c., but by teachers and principals and parents and entire communities, by ordinary people standing up and demanding a better future for their children. we have more work to do, so that every child can fulfill his or her god given potential and here in tennessee, we have been seeing great progress. tennessee has been a leader, one of the first winners of the nationwide race to the top that we have launched, to reward the kind of results you're getting here at booker t. washington. and understand this isn't just an issue for me. i'm standing here as president because the education that i received.
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as chris said, my father left my family when i was 2 years old. and i was raised by a single mom. and sometimes she struggled to provide for me and my sister. but my mother, my grandparents, they pushed me to excel. they refused to let me make excuses and they kept pushing me, especially on those rare occasions where i would slack off or get into trouble. they weren't that rare, actually. i'm sure nobody here has done anything like that. i'm so blessed that they kept pushing. i'm so lucky that my teachers kept pushing. because education made all the difference in my life. the same is true for michelle. education made such a difference in her life.
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michelle's dad was a city worker, had multiple sclerosis had to wake up every day and it took him a couple of hours just to get ready for work. but he went to work every day. her mom was a secretary, went to work every day and kept on pushing her just like my folks pushed me. that's what's made a difference in our lives and it is going to make an even greater difference in your lives. not just for your own success, but for the success of the united states of america. because we live in a new world now. used to be that you didn't have to have an education, if you were willing to work hard, you could go to a factory somewhere and get a job. those times are past. believe it or not, when you go out there, looking for a job, you're not just competing against people in nashville or
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atlanta. you're competing against young people in beijing and mumbai. that's some tough competition. those kids are hungry, they're working hard. and you'll need to be prepared for it. and as a country, we need all of our young people to be ready. we can't just have some young people successful. we have to have every young person contributing, earning those high school diplomas and then earning those college diplomas or getting certified in a trade or a profession. we can't succeed without it. through education, you can also better yourselves in other ways. you learn how to learn. how to think critically and find solutions to unexpected challenges. i remember we used to ask our teachers why am i going to need algebra. well, you may not have to solve
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for x to get a good job, or to be a good parent, but you will need to think through tough problems. you'll need to think on your feet. you'll need to know how to gather facts and evaluate information. so math teachers, you can tell your students that the president says they need algebra. education also teaches you the value of discipline. that the greatest rewards come not from instant gratification, but from sustained effort and from hard work. this is a lesson that is especially true today, in a culture that prizes flash over substance. that tells us that the goal in life is to be entertained, that says you can be famous just for being famous. you get on a reality show, don't know what you've done, suddenly
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you're famous. but that's not going to lead to lasting sustained achievement. and finally with the right education, both at home and at school, you can learn how to be a better human being. for when you read a great story, or you learn about an important moment in history, it helps you imagine what it would be like to walk in somebody else's shoes. to know their struggles. the success of our economy will depend on your skills, but the success of our community will depend on your ability to follow the golden rule, to treat others as you would like to be treated. we have seen how important this is, even in the past few weeks, as communities here in memphis and across the south have come together to deal with floodwaters and to help each other in the aftermath of terrible tornadoes.
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all of these qualities, empathy, discipline, the capacity to solve problems, the capacity to think critically, these skills don't just change how the world sees us, they change how we see ourselves. they allow each of us to seek out new horizons and new opportunities with confidence, with the knowledge that we're ready, that we can face obstacles and challenges and unexpected setbacks. that's the power of your education. that's the power of the diploma you receive today. and this is something that booker t. washington himself understood. think about it, he entered this world a slave on a southern plantation, but he would leave this world as the leader of a growing civil rights movement and the president of the world famous tuskegee institute. booker t. washington believed
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that change and equality would be won in the classroom, so he convinced folks to help him buy farm land. once he had the land, he knee a school, so he assigned his first students to build the chairs and desks and a couple of the classrooms. you thought your teachers were tough. booker t. washington ran a tight ship. he would ride the train to tuskegee and scare some of the new students this is before youtube and tmz, so the kids didn't recognize him. he would walk up to them and say, you're heading to tuskegee, i heard the work there is hard. i heard they give the students too much to do. i hear the food is terrible. you probably won't last three months. but the students would reply, they weren't afraid of hard work. they were going to complete their studies no matter what booker t. washington threw at
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them. and in that way he prepared them because life will throw some things at you. truth is not a single one of the graduates here today has had it easy. not a single one of you had anything handed to you on a silver platter. you had to work for it. you had to earn it. and most of all you had to believe in yourselves. i think of chris' stories, and what he's faced in his life. lost his father to violence at the age of 4. had a childhood illness that could have been debilitating. but somehow he knew in his heart that he could take a different path. i think of all the graduates
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here who had to leave their homes when their apartments were torn down. but who took two buses each morning to come back to booker t. washington. i think of -- [ applause ] i think of erron jackson. where is erron? erron has known a lot of setbacks in her young life. there was a period when she lashed out and got into trouble and made mistakes and when she first came to booker t. washington, she struggled. is that right? there are plenty of people out there who would have counted erron out. a lot of people who would have thought of her as another statistic. but that's not how the teachers here at booker t. washington saw her and that's not how erron came to see herself. so she kept coming back to school and she didn't give up and didn't quit and in time she became a great student, and she remembered what principal kinder
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told her, you can't let the past get you down. you have to let it motivate you. so now here erron is graduating. she's going to keep studying to get her barber's certificate so she can caught hair and save for college. she's working toward her dream to becoming a lawyer. she's got a bright future. everybody here has got a unique story like that to tell. each of you knows what it took for you to get here. but in reaching this milestone, there is a common lesson shared by every graduate in this hall. and chris said it himself in a recent interview. it is not where you are, or what you are, it's who you are. yes, you're from south memphis. yes, you've always been underdogs. nobody's handed you anything. but that also means that
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whatever you accomplish in your life, you will have earned it. whatever rewards and joys you reap, you'll appreciate them that much more because they will have come through your own sweat and tears. products of your own effort and your own talents. you have shown more grit and determination in your childhoods than a lot of adults ever will. that's who you are. so class of 2011, the hard road does not end here. your journey has just begun. your diploma is not a free pass. it won't protect you against every setback or challenge or mistake. you'll make some, i promise. you're going to have to keep working hard. you're going to have to keep pushing yourselves, and you'll find yourselves sometimes in situations where folks have had an easier time, they're a little bit ahead of you, you have to work harder and you may be
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frustrated by that. but if you do push yourselves, if you build on what you already accomplished here, then i couldn't be more confident about your futures. i'm hopeful and i'm excited about what all of you can achieve. and i know that armed with the skills and experience and the love that you've gained at booker t. washington high school, you're ready to make your mark on the world. so thank you. thanks for inspiring me. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. [ applause ] >> and there you have the president of the united states addressing the high school graduates of booker t. washington high school in memphis, tennessee, and as the president said thank you for inspiring me. this is a high school that won the race to the top challenge. high schools across the country competed to have the president come be their commencement speaker and the president, the president specifically chose
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this high school in part because they have turned around this school in just the past three years. the graduation rate went from 55% to 82%. and as the president mentioned in his address, that many of the students there came from troubled backgrounds, and yet many of them would be attending college for the first time in their family's history. so a comment there from the president too about his own difficult childhood, the fact that his father left when he was a young kid, his mother helped tutor him and his grandparents and they never gave up on me and his teachers never gave up on me, so the president singling out teachers across the country, who view it not just as a job, but as a calling. so an inspirational speech there from the president of the united states. also, while in memphis, he did get the opportunity to meet with some families who had been impacted by the flooding as well as some state and local offic l officials and first responders. we should mention a lot of breaking news this hour. we learned donald trump is not
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running for president. he made the announcement just moments ago. and we have it exclusively for you. that's next. >> i've decided that we are going to continue onward with "celebrity apprentice." we're going to continue making lots and lots of money for charity. i will not be running for president as much as i would like to. and i want to thank everybody very much. web browsing
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season finale perhaps of his hit show "apprentice." instead, trump made a very brief statement today about not running. why the timing now? plus, a popular children's restaurant chain is being sued, accused of teaching kids to gamble. we'll have that as our "newsnation" gut check in 15 minutes. >> much of the nation's attention is focused on the flooding along the mississippi, but victims of another natural disaster are still trying to recover. alabama residents in the path of that horrendous tornado outbreak last month continue their cleanup efforts and hope to eventually rebuild. we're joined now by ben jealous, the president and ceo of the naacp, went down to the tornado zone to see the damage firsthand. ben, good to see you. tell us what you saw. how are the people there doing? >> this is -- these are tough times. you had a tornado, just one of the dozens that was 1.5 miles
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wide at its base. that's like a train that wide, bearing down on your neighborhood. and so when you stand there in the center of it, what you see at first is just nothing. you see just absolute devastation. there are houses that literally seem to have been disintegrated, not blown over, not the roof torn off, just gone. but what you see soon after is you get to the shelters and you talk to people in the streets, they are cleaning up and gathering photos and so forth, is that folks are really coming together. black and white, working across old lines, race lines, class lines, to support each other. and, you know, we learn from katrina, this, by the way, before the flooding even started, this region was dealing with the largest disaster that we have seen in this country since katrina. that's what that tornado -- that series of tornadoes, when you put it all together, that's what that adds up to. >> just to remind people that death toll in alabama, 238, the
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cost of the disaster could be $2 billion, 38 of alabama's 67 counties declared disaster areas. what do the people of alabama need most? >> what folks need most right now is sustained commitment from this country to ensure that all people are made whole down there. if you take the map and you lay on top a map of the areas of poverty, even in the city of tuscaloosa, but for the state as a whole, what you'll see is these tornadoes seem to zero in on the poorest areas. it is the strangest thing. when you're in tuscaloosa, only one poor neighborhood wasn't hit. and so there is a real crisis when it comes to housing, just basic affordable housing. one thing we saw in the state of mississippi after katrina was that the resources for the poorest people, people who don't own home, people who rent their homes, were diverted, were not used to actually help those people come home and
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re-establish their lives. they were actually used to rebuild the port. and we had to sue and it was just in the last year that the resources have begun to flow five years too late. so one thing we're really focused on here is to make sure that all people, including poor people, get what they need now. >> well, ben, thank you for bringing us firsthand what you experienced there in alabama and reminding us not to forget about the people who experienced so much from that disaster there. ben jealous, head of the naacp, thank you so much. >> thank you, norah. and the 2012 presidential race is off and running and much of the early buzz isn't necessarily focused on the presidential contenders. sometimes it is centered on their wives. of course, the role of the political spouse is undergoing dramatic changes. and some of the would be first ladies aren't exactly sure how they want to be seen. michelle coddle is a washington reporter for "the daily beast" and "newsweek" and writes this week's cover story, the good wife 2012.
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michelle, it is a great cover story. it raises a lot of different issues. why does it matter who the wife is or what the wife does? aren't people voting for the man in this case who is running for president? >> yes and no. on one level, yes. on another level, when you're voting for president, you're kind of picking this great leader that people always want to know more about. one of the best ways that people look into their souls, so to speak, is they look to their families. the wives give everybody insight into what they're going to be like, and what kind of person they are. so everybody -- as much as we would like to say it doesn't matter about the family, it still does. >> right. you write in here about jenny sanford, the wife of the governor of south carolina, who very publicly faced the scandal involving her husband where he left her for another woman who he declared his true soul mate after jennie sanford worked on all of his campaigns, the
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perfect political spouse for so long. everything you do is criticized. your clothes are ugly. you're not doing enough, your politics are questioned. it gets mean. i could not way to get out of the job. the demands are significant and they are endless. i think this story gained a lot of traction this week in part because of the a lot of traction because of the examination of mitch daniels wife, sherry daniels. she divorced her husband, left her four daughters at home, and went to california and married a doctor for three years and then returned and married her husband. and then the news that laura bush had called her and given advice. what's the advice that some ever these political spouses are giving the others? >> oh, to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. i mean, you know, one thing, you have to have tough skin. you can't take it personally. you have to -- all of the political wives talk about how you want to set up some kind of zone of privacy, but it's just not going to happen on some level. so you have to be really prepared for every kind of little invasion into every part
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of your life, and you have to kind of make sure you're ready. now, laura bush was apparently talking about kind of recommending it, saying give it a try. it's not so bad because the whole question is governor daniels, and this is one of the reasons we're interested, apparently sherry's reservations about this are the last hurdle to him getting into the race. it was a very specific reason why everyone is really focused on her. >> the demands are so great. michelle cotle, it's a great piece. a fascinating read in "newsweek." thanks so much. we appreciate it. and what political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? could it be trump again? chris cillizza is going to tell us. i know what works differently than many other allergy medications. omnaris. omnaris. to the nose! did you know nasal symptoms like congestion can be caused by allergic inflammation? omnaris relieves your symptoms by fighting inflammation. side effects may include headache, nosebleed and sore throat. [ inhales deeply ] i nipped my allergy symptoms in the bud.
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which political stories will make headlines in the next 24 hours? msnbc contributor and managing editor of the post chris cillizza jouins us. since we watched president obama give that speech, i have his
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prepared remarks here. he talked about being famous just for the sake of being famous, but it's not the reference to being a reality -- on a reality show was not in the prepared remarks. so it's interesting the president added that just as we learned that donald trump, who has his own reality tv show, says he won't run for president. >> you know, i think it's interesting that kind of the end of the trump bubble, i always compare it to icarus. he rose fast and fell fast. i think the roasting kind of signaled to everybody, what are we talking about here? we're talking about donald trump running for president? i think ultimately he is a businessman at heart and he made a business decision which is why walk away from a successful franchise to run for something you are almost certain not to win. >> all right. chris cillizza, a georgetown graduate, getting in the reference to icarus. love it. thanks so much. appreciate it. >> thank you. that does it for this
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